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State Says Medicare, Medicaid Providers Can Share Electronic Records Across State Lines

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Florida Health Information Exchange
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Agency For Healthcare Administration

For the past three years, the state Agency for Healthcare Administration has been building a system providers can use to share electronic health records. Now, the state system, called the Health Information Exchange, has linked up with a national group to allow Florida physicians to share documents across stat lines and with federal and non-federal agencies.

“And not only with state lines, but also with some federal organizations. [For example], The social security administration. And that’s a big benefit to practitioners who may be asked to provide medical records for a person’s disability determination," says Deputy Agency Secretary Molly McKinstry.

The agency received federal funding several years ago to start building the system with plans to complete it over the course of a decade.  Federal dollars are still available for Medicaid and Medicare providers to convert their paper-based filing systems to an electronic format.

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Lynn Hatter is a Florida A&M University graduate with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Lynn has served as reporter/producer for WFSU since 2007 with education and health care issues as her key coverage areas.  She is an award-winning member of the Capital Press Corps and has participated in the NPR Kaiser Health News Reporting Partnership and NPR Education Initiative. 

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